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The Nightmare Burger

You’ve all no doubt seen the commercials for Burger King’s new “Nightmare King” burger.” Now I love me a good gimmick, am a complete sucker for a good gimmick, so I had to try the product, and tell you all about it. It’s fun; it’s Halloween season. And, as I admitted, I’m a mark for…

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The Age of Rage

You need to read this article. It is sobering, worrying and, I have not the slightest doubt, truthful. Are we as a species becoming more violent, more bestial? Let me quote from the article: “People are becoming…‘decivilized’…Something is regressing people back to a point where their worst, primal, animal impulses are being unleashed — unable to think,…

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Green CRITTERS

I’ve already offered a review of the new HALLOWEEN movie over at our sister site darkness.com and commented on its parallels to DARK SHADOWS over at vampires.com, so I need not say anything else about it here. Only I want to. My enthusiasm is such that I feel the need to gush. The sequel shows…

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No, Rambo WON’T Be Fighting a Werewolf

This is probably a good thing. For a time, Sylvester Stallone was considering making a Rambo movie in which Rambo would have fought an immortal, werewolf-like monster that was both a genetically-engineered bipedal biological weapon, carrying the DNA of an entire race of murderous savages within it, and simultaneously the reincarnation, or perhaps it would…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 21

Hank’s hands were shaking. It made it harder to do what he needed to do. He went to the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, took out the little plastic bottle of pills and unscrewed the top. He shook several of the capsules into his hand, calculating the amount needed. Too little and he’d still be…

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Pickin’ on Pazuzu

Everybody knows Pazuzu as the demon in THE EXORCIST, possessing and tormenting poor little Linda Blair. But Pazuzu is a real figure from Mesopotamian mythology, an Akkadian storm god. There are those who maintain, though, that it is an awkward fit to have him be the antagonist in the movie, that possessing and tormenting children…

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The Universal Monsters in the Haunted Mansion

Don’t get your hopes up. It’s just an Etsy creation. We aren’t likely to see any of the classic Universal Monsters appearing in the haunted Mansion ride at Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom anytime soon, considering they are owned by a rival studios. As far as that goes, how come we aren’t seeing the classic Monsters at…

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A STRANGER THINGS Halloween

So there are three Universal Studios theme parks? I knew there were two, one in Orlando, Florida and one in Hollywood. If I’d ever known about the one in Singapore, I forgot about it. That all three are featuring STRANGER THINGS haunted mazes this year isn’t surprising. What’s interesting is that they’re each featuring a…

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And Speaking of Box Office…

This time of year always brings lots of fresh genre offerings to movie screens. Sometimes those films are dead on arrival, and sometimes they just ought to be. (Sometimes they ought never to have been made in the first place.) Horror is well represented at the box office right now, but how are the various…

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Whose Box Office Is Bigger?

You’ve probably heard about how GONE WITH THE WIND would totally smoke all of today’s biggest blockbusters if adjustments were made for inflation. Measuring the cost of movie tickets then as opposed to the cost of tickets today against the average cost of living, that sort of thing. Is it true? Sort of, yes. If…

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Screamin’ Black Panther

This past weekend, we finished the run of my original play HAINT’ED: TRUE ALABAMA GHOST STORIES. I’m pleased to say that it was a success. Attendance was good and audiences seemed to really dig it. It is my most personal play, as it features stories that I was told by my grandparents when I was…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 20

Marley lay on top of the sleeping bag, the thin padding offering little protection from the hard floor. The solitary blanket she’d wrapped herself in separated her from the outside world, a fragile insulation. She lay still, as still as a corpse, her eyes squeezed closed against the nightmare the world had become. She could…

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Werewolf Teapot

This is admittedly a minor quibble, but I’m not above picking some nits now and again. Check out this teapot. Cool, innit? But it’s being sold as a “Wolfman” teapot. As in, *the* Wolfman, the Universal Monsters Wolfman, the most famous of all werewolves. (More on this in a second.) And any true fan can…

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Movie Review: LITTLE OTIK

So here’s this movie. I’m going to review it, knowing that the majority of you, if you choose to watch it, won’t like it. You might even hate it. For that matter, I don’t even know if *I* liked it. And yet the film is flawless. It is in every respect a perfect and completed…

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HOWLING III coming to Blu-ray

Scream Factory is doing us Horror marks a solid, no question about it. Bringing lots of lesser-known cinematic offerings from yesteryear to us on crisp, spiffy new Blu-rays. They don’t discriminate. Even when dealing with a movie that should be forgotten, should be blotted out of the public consciousness, razed from collective human memory. If…

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Welcome back, FANGORIA!

I know you all did what every responsible Horror mark ought to have done this past week, right? You hit your local newsstand or bookstore or the magazine rack at Kroger and grabbed your copy of the new, freshly-returned FANGORIA magazine? (Does Kroger still sell Fangoria? When I was a kid in the glorious 80s,…

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The Evolution of the Serial Killer

Whence came the first serial killer? I expect there is no real answer to that question. Our bestial forbears, little chimpanzee-like hominids, likely had amongst their number a shaggy brute who killed just for the pleasure of the act, and did so repeatedly. That would qualify as a serial killer. Don’t believe it could have…

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A Plea for the Summary Execution of Movie Critics

Friends, you have it within your power. I stand as a victorious gladiator, hand held high, thumb pointed downward, asking for your support. The time has come to kill the critics. Metaphorically. Is this somewhat hypocritical, seeing as how I’m a guy who gets paid to write movie reviews? Nope. Because I am the evolution…

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Movie Review: VENOM

I always hate having to read through some long review to get to the meat of it if I’m in a hurry. Not that this will be a long review. But I’m all about instant gratification where its warranted. Let us cut to the proverbial chase, then. GO SEE VENOM. It is as much a…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Nineteen

Roosevelt Brewster steadied himself, bracing, shoring up his defenses. Around him the commotion and bustle of the police station went on, uninterrupted and ignored. He stared through the glass doorway into his office–the Chief’s office–but his by default after the old man’s stroke. That office contained the only comfortable furniture in the building, a soft…

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What Type Of ‘Foot Is Your Bigfoot?

There are three possibilities here. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you. Scenario number one: there are several different species, and perhaps different races, of undiscovered primates, either apes or subhumans, at large all around the world, that have somehow managed to remain completely undiscovered by modern Science. This isn’t out-and-out impossible,…

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Rawhead and Bloody Bones: The American Version

More properly, this is ONE of the Americanized versions. Rawhead and Bloody Bones has been around since at least the 1500s when he first appeared in the written folklore of England. (He’d probably been around even longer as an oral tradition.) He migrated to America along with the settlers, where, as stories are wont to…

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Monster Sex – Parental Warning!

I’d be curious to see the extra clicks generated, if there were a way to measure such things (which there isn’t that I know of), by the title of this article alone. Guaranteed to grab the attention of all Monsterkidz and Horror nerds, and probably even moreso in the case of the heterosexual males of…

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New Home for the MUSEUM OF MYSTERY

Regular readers will recall my recent plea on behalf of one of the coolest places in the world, Wolf’s Museum of Mystery in Saint Augustine, Florida. They were having issues with their landlord, who wanted them gone in order to “modernize” and homogenize the property. He was also asking such an inflated price for the…

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More Dead Animals

Remember this report from last week? Sure you do. Something killed a bunch of cute little miniature horses and a dog in Monroe County, Kentucky. The identity of the perpetrator has yet to be conclusively determined—but it has struck again. According to the local news stations, there are scars from bite marks on a cow,…

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